Influence of Goal Contents on Exercise Addiction: Analysing the Mediating Effect of Passion for Exercise

Álvaro Sicilia Camacho, Manuel Alcaraz-Ibáñez, María Jesús Lirola, Rafael Burgueño

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Based on the self-determination theory (Deci and Ryan, 1985, 2000), the purpose of this study was to examine the effects of exercise goal contents on exercise addiction, taking into account the mediating effects of passion for exercise. A total of 384 university students (284 men and 100 women; Mage = 20.31, SD = 3.10) completed a questionnaire that measured exercise frequency and intensity, exercise goal contents (e.g. intrinsic: social affiliation, health management, skill development; extrinsic: image and social recognition), passion for exercise (e.g. harmonious and obsessive), and exercise addiction. After controlling the exercise frequency and intensity effects, results showed that goal contents did not directly predict exercise addiction. However, mediation analysis showed that goal contents predicted addiction through passion for exercise. These results support a motivational sequence in which extrinsic versus intrinsic goals influence exercise addiction because such goals are positively associated with obsessive passion for exercise and negatively associated with harmonious passion.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)143-153
Nombre de pàgines11
RevistaJournal of Human Kinetics
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 20 d’oct. 2017
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